I am a first time mom at age 38 as well.
This is what I have learned in trying to provide the best for my son and family...nutrition is EVERYTHING! It is so important for the health of your child and your family. Organic is important as well and worth every penny because it's not laiden with pesticides.
It was about six years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She decided not to follow traditional western recommendations to have chemo/radiation.(talk to your doctor) We all thought she was crazy and of course we didn't want to lose our mother to cancer.
She decided to changed her diet to a veagan and began juicing. Well, she is cancer free. This began my journey on nutrition. WOW, the power of nutrition! When she gave her body the nutrition it was craving, it mustered up the energy to heal itself. She sent us a book on how to eat to prevent cancer.
I have learned so much from this health crisis in our family and most importantly learned how to care for my body to prevent disease by eating healthy and making healthy choices. I also learned to model good eating habits for my son.
This is some of what I have learned on this journey....
1. Good nutrition prevents 70% of all diseases. WOW!
2. Sugar supresses the immune function for up to 6 hours.
3. Hydrogenated oils are, bad, bad, bad!
4. Apples can be stored for up to year in warehouses.
5. Vine ripened fruits and veggies have more nutrients.
6. Fruits and veggies lose most the nutrients after 5 days of picking.
Nutrition, fruits and veggies are so important because they work on the cellular level and keep us healthy.
My son just started a class this summer and I to had to start packing lunches. His teacher made the comment to me "I have never seen asparagus in a childs lunch and your son ate it" I try and pack a fruit, veggie and a protien.I'll pack nuts and Lara bars for great snack. Dried fruits in snack packs (from costco).
Most importantly, we as parents have to model good nutrition to our children and they will follow.
Before my son was born, I owned a small garden business. I met a women at a network luncheon who did a presentation on nutrition and talked about Juice Plus. Well this juice plus, (26 fruits, veggies and grains in a capsule, chewable and gummie) stuff just made sense to me because I knew my life was busy and I wasn't getting enough fruits and veggies in my diet and I had learned how important they were from my mothers health crisis. So I started taking it. I took it all through my pregnancy and while nursing.
Would you believe, when I stopped nursing my son, he kept getting sick. Well the difference was that he was no longer getting the whole food nutrients found in the juice plus. Wow, I thought, I need to learn more about this Juice Plus stuff. What I found is that there are 12 amazing research studies supporting what Juice Plus does in and for the body. Most importantly to me was the fact that it supports the immune function. So I bought some of the gummies for my son and his has been so healthy. We only go to the doctor for well visits.
I decided, I have to share this with people and this began my journey of helping other families with the challenge of nutrition. It's so hard especially with kids to get them to eat fruits and veggies, I felt I needed to do my part and share what I have learned. Juice Plus helps us as a family to bridge the gap of what we, can't won't and don't eat. It is or nutritional safety belt.
I encourage you to learn more at www.DenverJuicePlus.com or attend a health event. Find one in your area www.juiceplusevents.com.